Two o’clock was missing. 

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.


“True love is selfless. Sometimes it means you fight for it, and other times, it means you need to let go. You’ll learn that for yourself, one day.”

Time is complex. To understand how it works would strain both your mind and energy. One should be careful when it comes to time. Otherwise you would be insane. The fabrication of that complex time was explored in an interesting way by means of Clock Towers, Spirits and with a pinch of Greek myth. Anything Greek will pique my interesting level.

A conclusion from what I have heard and seen from the internet: London is a beautiful place to live in. And when I was transported back to 1875, I was still mesmerized. The slow ticking sounds of the tower, the dust sprayed on the wall, the eagerness to see how the gears are working, the spectacular view of the city from the tower, everything was lingering around my mind. And yet the things that I witnessed there remembered some gruesome moments of our country from what I learnt. 

“They don’t like you? Why not? You’re smart, and funny, and kind. And your eyes are so green. Why wouldn’t they like you?"
"It's just how it is."

Clock mechanics are ensuring that whether the towers are perfect in order. According to the legend story, a spirit is in control of a tower. Their lives are connected. They can’t leave the tower. It was like giving a child a toy and asking not to play with it. Yeah sure, they have the greatest power on their hands and yet they are trapped inside the beautiful palace. Above all, mechanics and spirits are NOT supposed to fall in love with each other. But what will happen if one couldn’t help it? Because of that forbidden attraction, a city was trapped. After all, love comes unexpected with an unexpected person.

Do you know what this book gave me? An adorable couple to ship. They were so comfortable, innocent and cute(as I said). And because of this unavoidable attraction, Daniel became a whole lot different person. And when some horrible truths were revealed, Daniel’s world became a chaos. He was forced to be in the same situation which made his father trapped in the city for more than a year. And what will he do to remove himself from the situation? How will he save his father and the whole town? What will he do with this growing affection?

"So you would have kissed me if I was a girl?"
"I would have kissed you if you were a girl. I would have kissed you if you were purple."

But you may ask me that why I’m giving three stars to this beautiful story? Well, it’s obvious. I don’t feel any pull. And I wanted to have more moments between them. Anyways let’s not get into this. Overall, an average read.

MY RATING: Acceptable